A new multimedia report from Oxfam America highlights the harsh conditions endured by laborers at chicken processing facilities in the US. While workers reportedly processed roughly 14,000 chickens in a workday, they were paid an average of $11 an hour, and suffered exceptionally high rates of injury due to the repetitive and dangerous nature of the work.
The USDA is looking into pathogen testing by chicken-processing plants to determine if aggressive bacteria-killing chemicals are creating false test results. This infographic illustrates how it happens. [Washington Post]
The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]
A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]
GAO Report on Food Safety
More radical action is needed to decarbonize the world's energy supply and improve energy efficiency to keep the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said. [Reuters]
Here's a top 10 list to avoid: America's most endangered river. American Rivers has their 2016 list that's pegged rivers around the country as threatened based on mismanagement and pending policy decisions. This year the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Rivers are the most endangered because of overconsumption and constant fighting between Georgia, Alabama and Florida. [Think Progress]
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The clean energy industry in the U.S. employs over 2.5 million people, according to new analysis released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a nonpartisan business group. [CNBC]